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Missouri Building Block Picture Book Award

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The Missouri Building Block Picture Book Award is awarded by the Children's Services Round Table of the Missouri Library Association. This award is designed to encourage reading aloud to children from birth through kindergarten age.

2014 Winner

Bear Sees Colors
Bear Sees Colors
by Karma Wilson

While taking a walk with Mouse, Bear meets many other friends and sees colors everywhere.

Buddy and the Bunnies In Don't Play With Your Food!
Buddy and the Bunnies In Don't Play With Your Food!
by Buddy Shea

A monster named Buddy is determined to eat some cute little bunnies, until they prove to be more enjoyable as playmates.

Digger Dog
Digger Dog
by William Bee Illustrated by Cecilia Johansson

Digger Dog loves to dig up bones - the bigger the better. But for the biggest bone in the world, what will Digger Dog need? The biggest digger in the world, of course! All through the story, the diggers get bigger, the hole gets deeper and there is the most fantastic fold-out surprise at the end!

Down by the Barn
Down by the Barn
by Will Hillenbrand

Ride with the tractor driver around the farm to pick up all of the animals.

Hooray For Hat!
Hooray For Hat!
by Brian Won

Elephant wakes up in a grumpy mood, but a present on his doorstep--a hat--cheers him and he sets out to greet his neighbors who all, it seems, need hats of their own.

I'm My Own Dog
I'm My Own Dog
by David Ezra Stein

A dog without a human companion fetches his own slippers and curls up at his own feet but cannot reach a certain itchy spot in the middle of his back, compelling him to leash a poor lonely human who will loyally offer a helpful scratch.

Naked!
Naked!
by Michael Ian Black Illustrated by Debbie Ridpath Ohi

A child discovers that the only thing more fun than being naked is wearing nothing but a cape.

Oh So Brave Dragon
Oh So Brave Dragon
by David Kirk

Dragon knows he is supposed to be brave, because that's what dragons do. He's so brave and valiant, he's ready to try out his fearsome roar! But when he hears something that scares him, he turns to his forest friends to find the noise, and to help him be brave.

Row, Row, Row Your Boat
Row, Row, Row Your Boat
by Jane Cabrera

In this expansion of a familiar song, the occupants of a rowboat enjoy seeing and making the sounds of different jungle animals.

This Book Just Ate My Dog!
This Book Just Ate My Dog!
by Richard Byrne

When her dog disappears into the gutter of the book, Bella calls for help. But when the helpers disappear too, Bella realizes it will take more than a tug on the leash to put things right.

2014 Missouri Building Block Picture Book Award Nominees

Count the Monkeys
Count the Monkeys
by Mac Barnett

The reader is invited to count the animals that have frightened the monkeys off the pages.

I Dare You Not To Yawn
I Dare You Not To Yawn
by Helen Boudreau Illustrated by Serge Bloch

A comical cautionary tale for bedtime-resistant youngsters which challenges them to avoid yawning, from a dozing dog and a cuddly blanket to endearing baby orangutans who stretch out long arms for a nighttime hug.

Open Very Carefully: A Book with Bite
Open Very Carefully: A Book with Bite
by Nick Bromley Illustrated by Nicola O'Byrne

A crocodile falls into a quiet storybook and wreaks havoc on the characters, in a tale that invites youngsters to slam the book shut or find the courage to take a peek inside.

Ribbit
Ribbit
by Rodrigo Folgueira Illustrated by Poly Bernatene

When a pig visits a frog pond, sits on a rock, and says only "Ribbit!", news spreads fast but only the wise old beetle has an explanation.

Little Nelly's Big Book
Little Nelly's Big Book
by Pippa Goodhart Illustrated by Andy Rowland

Little Nelly reads a book that convinces her she is a mouse, so she finds a family of mice who take her in despite the enormous size difference.

This Little Piggy
This Little Piggy
by Tim Harrington Illustrated by Tim Harrington

Expands on the traditional counting rhyme, revealing exciting things the second set of toes does which inspire the first set to try more "fun stuff" too.

Mustache Baby
Mustache Baby
by Bridget Heos Illustrated by Joy Ang

"A picture book about baby Billy, who is born with a mustache, and his parents, who must figure our if it's a Good-Guy mustache, or a Bad-Guy mustache"--Provided by publisher.

Moo
Moo
by David LaRochelle Illustrated by Mike Wohnoutka

When Cow gets her hooves on the farmer's car, she takes it for a wild ride through the country.

The Watermelon Seed
The Watermelon Seed
by Greg Pizzoli Illustrated by Greg Pizzoli

After swallowing a watermelon seed, a crocodile imagines a scary outcome.

That Is Not a Good Idea!
That Is Not a Good Idea!
by Mo Willems

One day, a very hungry fox meets a very plump goose. A dinner invitation is offered. Will dinner go as planned? Or do the dinner plans involve a secret ingredient . . . ?

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